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John David Rowell

John David Rowell

1925 Century Park East, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90067
United States

Telephone: 310-277-4857
Firm: Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett
Practice Overview:
Attorneys at Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett have successfully represented clients for thirty years in train accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, insurance bad faith and catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions.

Our active and successful trial practice is conducted on a statewide basis by trial attorneys skilled and experienced in virtually all areas of civil litigation. The attorneys at Cheong, Denove, Rowel, Bennett & Karns have tried cases before juries in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Kern County, Fresno County, Kings County, Santa Clara County, Sacramento County, and the United States District Court.

We have appeared on behalf of our clients in the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th District, United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, United States Court of Claims, Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation and the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court.


Professional Profile:
Lawsuits are not won by luck. In fact, more often than anyone would like to admit, many times people with valid claims lose. Careful planning and preparation both before and during trial makes a huge difference. John plans far ahead, anticipates and preempts the defense, in his cases. This has made a tremendous difference in the results. This ability is not surprising as John is an internationally-rated chess player.

John has been practicing law for almost thirty years and has seven and eight figure verdicts. He has focused much of his time and effort on products liability cases, representing clients who have been catastrophically injured or whose loved ones have been killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, train accidents, airplane accidents and defective products.

John Rowell has been a pioneer in the field of consumer safety. He has represented clients in cases involving a wide array of products where the product design was unsafe such as airplanes, automobiles and tires.
John started his career working on Grinshaw v. Ford Motor Co., the famous Pinto exploding gas tank case, and in the Paris Air Crash case, where a defective cargo door cost the lives of all on board. He has handled all types of product liability cases, including actions where injury was caused by defective design or manufacture of cars, tires, air bags, aircraft, medical devices, drugs, industrial machinery, and other consumer products such as coffee makers.

As a California plaintiff attorney, John has handled hundreds of cases for victims of motor vehicle accidents and unsafe products. He has taken on many corporate giants, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Freightliner, Honda, Isuzu, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota, Goodyear, Goodrich, Firestone, Bridgestone, Hyundai, Caterpillar, Greyhound and others.

John is an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has received awards and certificates of appreciation from several organizations including the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). John is recognized as a So.California SuperLawyer.

He is currently serving on the California Plaintiffs Committee for the Explorer Firestone Tire cases. He is a member of Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), a national litigation group specializing in automotive and other product defect cases.

John received both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Southern California. His interests outside the practice of law include chess, basketball and horses.

LawUniversity of Southern California Law CenterJD1977

Affiliations & Memberships:
California Bar, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1978
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1986
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court, 1989